If your background is in Computer Science and Engineering, Data Analytics, Statistics, Biostatistics, Mathematics, Operations Research, Machine Learning, Management Information Systems, or Security Information Systems, or an interest in those areas plus a background in Finance, Accounting, or Economics, learn more about what you can do at CRA!

Who is Charles River Associates?

Charles River Associates® is a leading global consulting firm specializing in economic, financial, and management consulting services. CRA advises clients on economic and financial matters pertaining to litigation and regulatory proceedings, and guides corporations through critical business strategy and performance-related issues. Since 1965, clients have engaged CRA for its unique combination of functional expertise and industry knowledge, and for its objective solutions to complex problems.

Our practices that most frequently hire candidates with these backgrounds (hiring locations are listed):

  • Competition (Boston, MA; Chicago, IL; Oakland, CA; Washington, D.C)
  • Energy (Boston, MA; Washington, D.C.)

You can learn more about our work by reviewing our Services and Industries on our website.

What Will I do at CRA?

As part of your day to day responsibilities, you may do some of the following:

  • Use data analytics to enhance clients’ understanding of key business, risk, strategic, or regulatory issues; 
  • Manipulate and analyze large volume of disparate data (>100MM records) to develop critical insights for our clients’ issues or in anticipation of business disputes, regulatory and enforcement matters, complex litigation, or business decision-making;
  • Build statistical and machine learning models, or custom visualizations and applications, to detect patterns, trends, outliers and drivers among relevant business issues;
  • Apply predictive analytics, statistical modelling and machine learning/deep learning techniques for recommender systems, financial crime detection applications, risk analytics and text analytics;
  • Assist with the collection, loading, standardization, and identification of relevant data for analysis;
  • Communicate findings from your analyses to your team members through visuals, data tables and models, and assist with the development of final deliverables, reports, and presentations to be distributed to clients;
  • Work closely with business stakeholders and experts in order to develop new and innovative tools to support the evolving data landscape, and stay up to date with developments in data analytics, solution architecture and programming languages;
  • This is NOT a technical IT role

How Will I Grow at CRA?

  • A commitment to offering 100 hours of training annually through Formal and informal training programs, including:
    • Research and analysis training program focused on technical skills, consulting skills and networking with colleagues
    • Quarterly technical training taught by in-house experts and affiliated professors
    • Presentation skills and management training
    • Partnership with LinkedIn Learning featuring more than 13,000 courses
  • For those considering a graduate program, annual workshops featuring small group Q&A with top admissions officers
  • Flexible and continuous mentorship, coaching and feedback from an assigned senior staff colleague to help guide your career journey
  • Leadership opportunities in recruiting, training, corporate sports teams, and volunteer activities in the local community
  • In-house immigration support for foreign nationals and those conducting international business travel
  • Wellness program to promote mental, physical, emotional, and financial well-being (e.g. nutrition counselling, financial wellbeing seminars, team fitness competitions)
  • Superior benefits package

Exceptional candidates should demonstrate familiarity with several of these skills:

  • Experience with relational database systems such as MS SQL Server or Oracle Database
  • Experience in executing data science methodologies using common programming languages, such as Python, R, SAS, VBA, or Scala
  • Experience in data visualization using Power BI, Tableau, D3.js, Qlik Sense, HTML/JavaScript
  • Experience in cloud-based platforms (e.g. Snowflake, AWS RedShift, Qubole, Azure)
  • Knowledge of any of the following: Natural Language Processing & Text Mining, Experimental Design, Bayesian Networks, Network/Graph Mining
  • Candidates with different, specific expertise in broader analytics area (e.g. Data Engineering, Social Listening, Optimization, Simulation)
  • Periodic travel may be required

What We Always are Looking for in a Candidate:

  • Curious and analytical thinkers who can bring creative approaches to non-standard problems
  • Effective written and oral communication skills
  • A demonstrated high level of initiative and leadership
  • Strong teamwork and collaboration capabilities
  • Excellent time management and task prioritization skills
  • Clear and demonstrated interest in consulting through coursework, work experience, activities, or attendance at CRA recruiting events

Interested in applying?

To be considered for a position in North America, we require the following:

  • Cover letter – please describe your interest in CRA and how this analyst role matches your goals. Also, please note if you have interest in a particular practice and/or a location preference. 
  • Resume – please include current address, email, and telephone number
  • Transcript – may be unofficial.  Note: you must be graduating from an undergraduate or masters program for this role. If you have work experience, please visit our Careers Site to see currently open roles. 

If you are interested in applying for one of our international locations, please click here to view and apply for available jobs.

Check out our Analyst’s blogs about a typical day at CRA and how you can make an impact!

Work Location, Flexibility, and COVID Safety

At CRA, we believe in creating a work environment that enables our colleagues to benefit from being together in the office to best deliver on our promise of career growth and mentorship, while also taking advantage of the flexibility and inclusivity that working from home provides. We continue to monitor local government and regulatory guidance and adapt our safety guidelines accordingly. For those who begin the interview process with CRA, your recruiting point of contact will be available to answer any questions about work location and COVID safety.

Our Commitment to Diversity

Charles River Associates is an equal opportunity employer. As part of our focus on equity and inclusion, we work to ensure a fair and consistent hiring process. We celebrate diversity and we are committed to an inclusive work environment.

CRA is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer (EEO/AAE): Minority/Female/Veteran/Disabled.


The city of New York requires CRA to include a good-faith estimate of the wage range for this role. This range is specific to individuals applying to work in our New York office and considers a number of factors including but not limited to experience, education level, and expertise.  A good-faith estimate of the base wage range for this role is $87,000 - $87,000; actual total compensation may also include benefits and bonus. 

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